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New Wisc. reading test not appropriate for early education setting

What makes the Phonological Awareness Literacy Screening (PALS) inappropriate as a tool for 4K students? The test takes a minimum of 45 minutes of one-on-one testing per child. It has no applicability to children who are learning English. Centers will “teach to the test.”

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Wyo. elementary school won't open by next school year

Southridge Elementary School won't be ready for the first day of school as planned. Representatives of W.N. McMurry Construction Co. told the Natrona County School District board of trustees Monday that April snowstorms caused the delay.

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'Safe Routes to School' construction planned for Calif. schools

The project, which involves the construction of sidewalks, curbs and gutters, ramps, and flashing beacons on streets around the two schools which are located next to each other on Etiwanda Avenue.

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New study: does better recess equal a better school day?

The randomized controlled trial of Playworks, a nonprofit organization that delivers a safe, healthy recess in low-income elementary schools in 22 U.S. cities, found that the program reduced bullying, enhanced feelings of safety at school, increased vigorous physical activity during recess, and provided more time for classroom teaching.

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New edges available now with many Explore™ Tables and other Bretford products

The Bretford polyurethane edges are molded, which allows them to be formed into unique shapes. Available in reverse knife (Edge 18) and quarter round (Edge 19) styles, these edges are shaped on the user side and are flat on the remaining sides and back to allow them to fit closely together for a clean connection with other tables.

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Schoology wins SIIA Education Technology CODiE Award

More than two million users at over 35,000 schools and universities use Schoology’s collaborative interface to boost student engagement and streamline curriculum management. Schoology’s user-centric design and open integration platform helps schools of every type meet the individual needs of learners with powerful tools for instruction, assessment and communication.

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Over 1 million student service hours Managed Through x2VOL

x2VOL, by intelliVOL, is a platform used by high schools to manage and report student service hours in private and public schools and districts nationwide students. This secure system allows school administrators to easily manage activities, post opportunities, and quickly track and approve student volunteer hours and service learning projects. Students benefit from a single, online source to manage and record the volunteering hours they give.

Pennsylvania Getting Swept into Common Core Debate

On Monday, a group of Senate Democrats, accompanied by members of the American Federation of Teachers, called on Republican Gov. Tom Corbett and the Department of Education to stop implementing the Common Core standards, which Corbett's Democratic predecessor, Gov. Ed Rendell, started to get students ready for college and careers.

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Minneapolis Schools Propose Reforms to Boost Student Achievement

Educators want to give Minneapolis Public Schools more autonomy on budgets, hiring and schedules.

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Richmond (Va.) School Board Again Debates Closing Schools

The talk of closing schools in Richmond is back on — and there’s a third school on the list.

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